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The good news is that nearly anyone with an acoustic guitar and a laptop can record a cover these days. The bad news is you now have to wade through a lot of slow, acoustic covers to find a few lively ones for your workout mix. So, in the playlist below, we’ve done the work for you—rounding up a set of lively new versions of existing hits.
The list kicks off with a Queen song from the Suicide Squad soundtrack and closes with a Green Day tune from The Tick. In between, you’ll find covers touching on each of the last five decades, including songs first recorded by the Bee Gees, Human League, Donna Lewis, Baby Bash and Taylor Swift. Given their enduring charms, the songs should able to hold their own in any playlist. So, pick a few from the list below to breath new life into old favorites–and your next workout–at once.
To find more workout songs, folks can check out the free database at Run Hundred. Visitors can browse the song selections there by genre, tempo and era to find the music that best fits their particular workout routine.